Why is French for you?

The study of French offers students an open invitation to a diverse world of people, cultures, and ideas. French is the sixth most widely spoken language worldwide with over 220 million French speakers on all five continents. “As a result of population growth, the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF) estimates that the number of French speakers will rise to over 700 million by 2050, 80% of whom will be in Africa. French is an official language of 29 countries, second only to English in this category.” In the United States, more than 1,4 million students study French at the university level. In both an international and national context, French continues to grow as a language of business, medicine and the sciences, and plays a special role in international politics as being one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union.

Knowledge of French introduces students to a wealth of literature, arts, history, and other humanities. It engages curiosity for travel, exploration, and the allows for more meaningful interactions with the international French-speaking population both in the U.S. and abroad. French uniquely merges the functionality, the opportunity, and the richness of culture that a foreign language offers. We hope that you will join us to claim your place within the French-speaking world.